Yemen: Six Things You Should Know

The relentless conflict in Yemen has pushed a country already on the brink deep into the abyss."  Henrietta H. Fore, UNICEF'S global Executive Director   1. More Than 11 Million Children Need Humanitarian Aid  UNICEF's latest figures ...

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The relentless conflict in Yemen has pushed a country already on the brink deep into the abyss.” 

Henrietta H. Fore, UNICEF’S global Executive Director

 

1. More Than 11 Million Children Need Humanitarian Aid 

UNICEF’s latest figures show that 11.3 Yemeni children are in need of urgent humanitarian aid and assistance. Since the beginning of 2018, over 169,615 children have already been treated for Severe Acute Malnutrition. This number is expected to rise as food shortages continue.

A medical practitioner uses a Mid Upper-Arm Circumference (MUAC) measuring tape on a boy being screened for malnutrition at Ma’abar Hospital. Credit: UNICEF/ Yemen 2017/ Madhok.

2. Malnutrition is Not Difficult or Costly to Treat

A simple paste made from peanuts, oil, sugar, milk powder and vitamin and mineral supplements can revive a severely malnourished child in a matter of days. It is UNICEF’s most effective tool for treating severe acute malnutrition which, every year, threatens millions of children worldwide.

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Mohanned, 5 years old, lies on a bed in the Abs hospital in Hajjah, waiting to be treated for severe malnutrition. Credit: UNICEF/ Yemen 2016/ Fuad

3. Children are Paying the Highest Price.

Since the conflict began in March 2015, an average of six children lose their lives every day. Today, less than half of the country’s health facilities are operational, while more than 1,500 schools are now closed because of airstrikes. The ongoing fighting in Yemen means there’s no place safe for children.


An injured girl is being treated at a UNICEF supported hospital. She was injured along with her brothers and her uncle, while the family fled escalating violence in Hodeidah.  Credit: UNICEF/ Yemen 2018/ Ayyashi.

4. Displaced Children 

As fighting continues in Eastern and Southern parts of the country, more than one million children are now internally displaced and without a home or bed to call their own. These children have lost their right to live, play and learn in a safe space free from violence and fear.

In Aden City, Yemen, a child is displaced from Taiz because of the conflict. Credit: UNICEF/ Yemen 2018/ Mohammed

5. UNICEF Aid is Getting Through

By the end of 2017, UNICEF helped ensure nearly 6 million people had access to safe drinking water, 3,069 health facilities stayed open, 4.8 million children were vaccinated against polio, and 227,000 severely malnourished children got the life-saving treatment they needed. We are on the ground in Aden, Sanaa, Ibb, Hodeidah and Saada with a team of more than 250 staff dedicated to helping children.

A UNICEF worker stands near a shipment of vaccines in a warehouse after being delivered to the Sana’a International airport. Credit: UNICEF/ Yemen 2017/ Radhok

6. You Can Make the Difference That Counts

None of what we do for children would be possible without people like you. It is your kindness and generosity that saves lives. Your action that counts.

A child holds a football in front of a UNICEF flag in Sa’ada. Here, psychosocial support is provided to children in a UNICEF child-friendly space. Credit: UNICEF/ Yemen 2016/ Rahmah

If you would like to support UNICEF’s work with children in Yemen, please visit our donation page today. We rely entirely on contributions from our supporters to deliver our lifesaving work and programmes for children around the world.